missionThe Gender and Mine Action Programme (GMAP) is an international expert organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland working to make mine action more inclusive, effective, and efficient through the mainstreaming of gender and diversity perspectives.

To achieve this mission, GMAP supports partners and encourages stakeholders to mainstream gender and diversity in mine action policies, programming and operations through in-country and remote advisory services, technical assistance, capacity development, research and advocacy.

GMAP also works towards the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) through the promotion of women’s empowerment and participation in decision-making in mine action programmes.

GMAP was first launched by the Swiss Campaign to Ban Landmines in December 2006 and has been an independent association since June 2011. GMAP is based in Geneva and is hosted by the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining – GICHD since 2010.

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Vision: A world in which women, girls, boys and men from diverse groups are safe from mines/explosive remnants of war (ERW) and participate and benefit equally from mine action

Strategic Objective 1: An inclusive approach to mine action interventions that increases relevance, effectiveness and efficiency.

  • Gender and diversity-responsive mine action strategies or action plans are adopted, implemented and monitored by partners.
  • Gender and diversity-responsive standards and methods are applied and GMAP tools used by partners.
  • Partners’ demonstrate commitment to gender and diversity by continuing to collaborate with GMAP

Strategic Objective 2: Gender and diversity are mainstreamed by mine action organisations in broader human security interventions.

  • Relevant gender and diversity-responsive standards and methods are applied to non-traditional mine action activities
  • Cooperation between GMAP and other human security and development actors is strengthened, including through platforms such as the Maison de la Paix

Strategic Objective 3: UNSCR 1325 (on Women, Peace and Security) is implemented by mine action organisations.

  • Increased female employment in mine action at all levels
  • Female participation in mine action  is better documented by mine action stakeholders
  • Increased discussion and visibility of gender and diversity at international mine action meetings (APMBC and CCM meetings, National Directors and UN Advisors meetings)
Outputs Research: Good practices and lessons learnt documented from gender and diversity mainstreaming in the field to human security stakeholders; methods and tools developed and disseminated

Training and capacity development: Advice provided, men and women trained, baseline assessments, strategy development / action planning

Advocacy: Relevant gender and diversity dimensions are promoted through social media and other communication channels and included in the implementation and monitoring processes around the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention and the Convention on Cluster Munitions.

Monitoring and Evaluation:  systems are established to measure progress and outcomes of gender and diversity mainstreaming in mine action.


Inputs Time, expertise, funds, network of contacts, project management.